Good, Costa Meet in Welterweight Tourney Qualifier at Bellator 59

By Mike Whitman Oct 25, 2011
Bellator Fighting Championships officials Thursday announced that former welterweight champion Lyman Good will return to the cage Nov. 26 to take on Sengoku veteran Michael Costa in a welterweight tournament qualifier.

Emanating from Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., Bellator 59 will be highlighted by the company’s fifth-season bantamweight tourney final between Alexis Vila and Eduardo Dantas. The show will also feature a pair of lightweight bouts, as UFC vet Kurt Pellegrino meets Season 4 tournament finalist Patricky Freire while Polish up-and-comer Marcin Held locks horns with “Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 runner-up Phillipe Nover.

Following a perfect 10-0 start to his career, Good (Pictured) has lost two of his last three. The Tiger Schulmann disciple won Bellator’s inaugural welterweight tournament, earning three consecutive victories in 2009 to become the promotion’s first 170-pound titleholder.

Good lost his championship in his first defense, as he was outwrestled by Ben Askren at Bellator 33. Though he would rebound with a win over Chris Lozano in the Season 4 quarterfinals, Good was defeated by Rick Hawn in the semis, dropping a split decision on April 2.

Four years the elder of Good, Costa has gone 3-3-1 in his last seven outings. After suffering back-to-back losses in the Sengoku ring, the Brazilian fought Simeon Thoresen to a draw in 2009.

Following a year away from competition, the Wand Fight Team representative notched a technical knockout in his most recent outing, toppling Danny Salinas in November 2010. “The Big Boss” holds nine of his 10 career victories by either knockout or submission and has never been knocked out as a pro.


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